…. and the false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility for the United States to launch our…
…. and the false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility for the United States to launch our own Worldwide Network to show the world we really are, GREAT!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018  It appears that there is such a worldwide network operated by the United States. It’s Voice of America.
President Roosevelt created the VOA during World War II to broadcast behind enemy lines what its current director Amanda Bennett said was “truthful news about the war, as opposed to Nazi propaganda.”
She said that over the years, the mission has not changed so very.
“Our job is to do two things,” she said, “one is to tell America’s story objectively in places that can not see it otherwise – and the other is to get objective news and information to places like have no other access to it. So we say that in a large part of the world we are the free press. “
Not only that, she said, the VOA represents the possibility that a free press can exist. That means talking about the truth about America, warts and all.
“We try to cover all aspects of it, so people can understand the country as it really is,” Bennett said. “And that means good stories, bad stories, difficult problems, you know, funny problems. We try to give a complete picture so people can see who we really are.”
For example, the best story of VOA’s website last week was about GM’s decision to close several of its factories.
Former VOA Director David Ensor – ex-NPR, ABC and CNN correspondent, now director of the media and national security at George Washington University – said he noticed that the audience number jumped when VOA told some “not so nice truths “about the United States, whether it was the protests in Ferguson, Mo. or the Abu Ghraib scandal.
” When foreigners belong to an American broadcaster, funded by the United States, honestly speaks of our issues as a country, it impresses them, “said Ensor.” It builds credibility for the Voice of America, and it builds audiences and influence, which is what Voice of America is for. “
Perhaps it’s not exactly what Trump thinks about, but about 275 million people worldwide listen to VOA in 47 different languages. It’s important that Ensor said distinguishes it from other networks, such as CNN International.
“What does Voice of America do is send in Hausa and Farsi. And Russian, Chinese and Korean, “said Ensor.” The languages of the countries we try to reach, where is our sense of people, do not have enough access to honest information. “
VOA is actually the largest of a number of broadcast networks already operated by the United States, including Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. They are supervised by the US Agency for Global Media. Lansing, chief of USAGM, said the network is independent of government by law.
“It is law-lawed in the law that founded America’s Voice and our other entities that there is no interference in editorial assessment of these networks, “Lansing said.
But concerns about political interference in the networks were raised after Trump nominated Michael Pack to replace Lansing, an Obama-based
Pack was a former Broadcasting Corporation Programming Director and has produced documentaries with none other than Steve Bannon, Conservative News Site Manager and former Trump Adviser and Campaign Manager.
The Senate has not yet addressed Pack’s nomination. James Glassman, a former chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, USAGM’s predecessor, believes that for is very independent from the VOA.
Glassman believes that the network should be more integrated into US foreign policy. He said, for example, that if the administration wants to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons, VOA can play a role.
“I think the VOA could have programming telling the Iranian people that its government wastes the big sums of money that can be used to improve the economy of a nuclear program,” says Glassman.
However, he added: ” There is a great reluctance to take orders “on the network.
Bennett, the VOA director, said the network is isolated by a firewall of laws and journalists independent of political disorders – driven by its news judgment.
” If anyone says “Make this story, because I want to do it, because it enhances my interests,” we’ll see, “she said, admitting that the VOA would act as any news agency would ask,” Is this news or not? And if it’s not, then it’s “Thank you for your entry.”